Bare Walls?

Do you have bare walls that need a little sprucing up? Do you want custom artwork without the price tag? If you answered yes, then this post is for you!

This What’s Hot Wednesday post features a fabulous idea I got from Shannon at Eightcrazy. I have also seen this idea all over blogland, but this is where I first saw the idea to create custom art for my walls.

My dining room had one lone picture that was too small for the wall and for almost a year now I have been searching for something to replace it with. When I saw this idea to create custom canvas artwork just like you would find in Ballard Designs for only a fraction of the cost I practically ran to the craft store.

Here is what you need to create your own:
Scrapbook Paper (the thicker papers work best but I used the thinner ones too)
Modge Podge (I used matte finish, but they have gloss as well)
Sponge Brush (about 1-2 inches wide)
Acrylic Craft Paint (little bottles at the craft store)
Hair Dryer
Scissors/paper cutter

* I used 12 x 12 canvas so I wouldn’t have to trim the paper.
* I selected paper in warm earth tones to tie in with the rest of the decor and painted the sides of the canvas dark brown to match.
* Take your modge podge and spread a generous amount on the canvas. Place the paper on the canvas, smooth out an bumps and let dry.
* After it has dried (I only waited 10-15 mins) cover the paper with modge podge and let dry.
* I used the Cricut machine to create some extra details (home saying & fleur de lis) and used the modge podge to adhere
* I had my wonderful hubby measure and hang the fabulous artSee super easy! I love how it turned out (the pics don’t do it justice) and I’m even more thrilled that my new custom art only cost me $35 dollars. It’s your turn. Go transform those bare walls into a masterpiece.
I’ve linked up with Kimba’s DIY Day. Visit her blog to see other great projects & ideas.

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. they turned out great!

  2. thank goodness for creative people like you so that the rest of us can copy it!! LOVE THIS!!

  3. Fantastic! I LOVE this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love it!!! You have great scrapbook papers!

  5. very cute… I really like this idea!

  6. Very inspirational – I have seen similar projects but yours makes me want to get busy 🙂

  7. Happy squeals~well done!

    Come by and see my Pottery Barn inspired typography basket.

  8. That looks great. I love the colors you chose. Perfect!

  9. Very tasteful color choice. This is one of the best combinations that I've come across in blogland. Thanks for sharing.

  10. That looks beautiful!!! I think I'm going to have to steal, err I mean borrow, this idea!

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